Staying on top of driving regulation updates in 2015
2015 has been a busy year when it comes to driving regulations, with a number of new regulations introduced relating to driving licences, speed limits and drug-drive limits. According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), there are even more changes to come and the IAM is warning motorists to stay on top of the updates. BT Motoring recently reported that the IAM is working to raise awareness to help road users understand the changes to the driving laws.
So far this year
In March, a new law came into effect on driving under the influence of drugs, including both prescription and illegal drugs.. According to Think! the law was changed to make it easier for police to catch and convict people who drug drive. The following month, the HGV speed limit for single carriageways in England and Wales increased from 40mph to 50mph, with dual carriageway speed limits going from 50mph to 60mph. There was also a new law against smoking in cars carrying children under the age of 18, with penalties and fines announced on 1st October.
Some other big changes this year came electronically, with the paper counterpart of photocard driving licences scrapped on 8th June, meaning all driver information is now stored electronically. This has also meant changes to the way that motorists prove their driving record, with drivers having to get a special code online to allow them to share the data.
Towards the end of the year, there are also plans to create a scheme in London to address the dangers lorries present to cyclists and pedestrians. Called The Safer Lorry Scheme, it will be enforced by the Metropolitan Police Service, the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency and the City of London Police.
IAM chief executive officer Sarah Sillars told the BT Motoring article: “This year has seen some of the biggest changes in motoring procedures we have ever seen. It is very important drivers and riders are fully up-to-date on what is happening – they will affect everyone in one way or another. So don’t get caught out, get informed.”